The Global Campus of Human Rights has launched the third edition of the GC Visual Contest, open to photographers and video-makers, professionals and amateurs, from any part of the world. The goal of the contest is to create synergies between academia, Human Rights defenders and artists to reach a wider international public and foster a better understanding of the issues concerning human rights and their protection.
The visual contest will be open from 1st May and will accept submissions through June 30, 2017. The theme for 2017 is “Memory and Reconciliation”. Memory and how do we envision the past has a potent impact on the creation of the present and future of a country and the current understanding of human rights concerns.
The GC Visual Contest originates from the belief that photography and videos are powerful tools that can raise awareness and push for social change. Furthermore, the purpose of this contest is to create a network of artists, intellectuals and professionals interested in strengthening the protection of human rights and the promotion of democracy and peace.
A collective memory manifests itself in decisions regarding the commemoration of dates, trials of former oppressors, establishment of sites and museums of memory, artworks and memorials and its role in the public education. This photo and video competition seeks to promote reflection on the various collective rememberings and experiences of the past and to which extent it is possible to establish conditions for crime recognition and forgiveness.
The competition will have two category levels, for professional artists and amateurs to which students and Alumni from the Global Campus are particularly encouraged to apply. A number of images and videos will be selected to be displayed on a dedicated online gallery and in connection to GC events/activities ensuring international exposure also thanks to different partners and social media channels. Winners will be determined by an international jury composed of leading experts in the field of photography and documentary filmmaking and of members of the GC network.
The best pictures and short videos could receive special mentions by the partners of the contest and will be presented at the events of the Regional Masters of the Global Campus in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Caucasus, Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, South East Europe.
This initiative is funded by the European Union and receives the patronage of the United Nations Regional Information centre for Western Europe (UNRIC). The Global Campus of Human Rights is a unique network of one hundred participating universities around the world, seeking to advance human rights and democracy through regional and global cooperation for education and research.